18 BUSINESSES, including staff from Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, took part in the first annual Bexleyheath charity pancake race yesterday (Tuesday, February 21).

Teams navigated a route around Bexleyheath Broadway while flipping pancakes in a relay race event.

It was won by AMP Electrical who received a special winners frying pan. The losers, TK Maxx Bexleyheath, received a wooden spoon.

The event raises money for Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, which provides free specialist end-of-life care for people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as providing support for their families, friends and carers.

Fundraisers from the Hospice expect to raise at least £2000 from the day through sponsorship, pancake sales and team registration fees.

“Everyone was in great spirit,” said community fundraiser Kimberley Wheeler. “I’m absolutely delighted with the crowd turnout, and of course for the support of the local business community. The community really pulled together today, including our dedicated team of hospice volunteers who supported the event with bucket collections.”

Bexleyheath Pancake Race 2012 was sponsored by W Uden & Sons Ltd and held in partnership with Marriott Bexleyheath and Bexleyheath Business Improvement District (BID). It was attended and supported by the Mayor of Bexley Councillor Ray Sams and his wife Diane.

To find out more about Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice including details of how to support, visit www.communityhospice.org.uk